The man bun has quickly come to our aid time and again, particularly during weird winter weather. It’s a failsafe that keeps you looking polished yet still somewhat swaggy—two crucial factors in what makes a hairstyle a new classic.
For our latest holiday hairstyle installments, we show how to style the man bun with a half-updo coil (Don’t worry, it’s simpler than it sounds.). This is an especially easy-to-recreate ’do on guys with curly or wavy hair, as your texture provides more traction for the look. At any rate, the man bun is still a universally flattering hairstyle, so feel free to work this foolproof tweak, regardless of your hair type, the next time you need to show good face at a Christmas get-together. We show you how:
Tutorial: The Man Bun + Half-Updo
Start with clean, freshly washed hair.
Remove buildup and grease by washing hair before you style. Curlier hair types are usually dry and prone to frizz; a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, like AXE Max Hydrate 2-in-1 Shampoo + Conditioner, moisturizes to help prevent the pouf. Rinse well and gently rough-dry with a towel and a blowdryer on low.
Apply a styling cream.
A styling cream helps give hair a light hold—that’s usually all the control you’ll need for this look. We like the natural finish and control we get from a finger-swipe amount of AXE Natural Look: Understated Cream.
Create a half-ponytail.
Gather the top half of your hair into a ponytail. Use a fine-toothed comb to smooth down the sides and base if needed; otherwise, a bit of a bumpy texture can add some personality to the man bun. Secure with a few loops of a neutral-colored hair tie.
Create a rope-twist.
Twist your ponytail till it tightens up and resembles one solid strip of rope.
Coil and secure.
Circle your ponytail around its own base, as if you were making a cinnamon bun. Secure with a hair tie around the entire bun (two to three loops will do the trick), or if your hair can handle it, a couple of pins tucked underneath.
Smoothen the base with any leftover cream on your hands, and you’re all set!